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Sunderbans: Hindu devotees worship Muslim goddess to protect them from Tigers

The terrain is hard to live on and the native people rely on Bon Bibi to help them through the hardships

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Goddess Bonbibi in Sunderbans. Image source: beingkinetic.wordpress.com
  • Bon Bibi is the “Lady of the Forest”
  • She protects travelers and workers in the jungle
  • Bon Bibi reminds the people not to take more than they need

Bon Bibi is the “Lady of the Forest.” She is the protector of those who venture into the nature setting. The story goes that she was brought to the Netidhopani forest, which is located in the western edge of Sundarbans jungles. History says, that she hails from Saudi Arabia and her father, who was a trader, left her in the forest. It was her step-mother who requested that the child be left in the forest, and her father followed orders.

Later on, she became the protector of all who enter the forest. It makes no difference if you are Muslim, Hindu, or Christian; all who enter the forest pay their respects to Bon Bibi. Bhabotaron Paik the forest guard says, “Each time we go to the jungles we make a promise to Ma Bon Bibi: that we will not take more than we require from the forest, or else we antagonise her”.

Bon Bini statue resting in a tree in the forest. Wikimedia Images.
Bon Bini statue resting in a tree in the forest. Wikimedia Images.

According to Firstpost.com, Bon Bibi’s temple is at the entrance of the forest preserve that Paik works at. Every day, as part of his routine, he first visits the temple and pays his respects. Nearby there is a small freshwater pond that the forest department constructed for wildlife. The Bengal tigers, frequent this area that is across from a heavily fenced in office area.

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A board near the water has postings that tell the usual hours that the tigers come to drink. The pug marks and cameras located at the watch towers can track their movements. Years ago, all of these efforts were futile when Debnath Mondal, a tiger rescuer, was attacked by a tiger near to Bon Bibi’s temple, said the Firstpost.com report.

At night it is pitch black. Theater performers reenact the story of Bon Bibi, and many gather near the shrines to watch the performances. To them, it is also a way to show their respect to Bon Bibi and show the solidarity among everyone. Many keep statues of the deity in their bags, or somewhere on their person. Nityanand Roy Karmakar, a forest ranger, says “The goddess enlightens people to go back as soon as their requirement is fulfilled, that is keeping the order of the jungles.”

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The terrain is hard to live on and the native people rely on Bon Bibi to help them through the hardships. Freshwater and saltwater are constantly mixing and dry areas get washed away by large waves. This makes it difficult to draw boundaries and put up fences to divide humans and nature; forcing them to coexist. The people in the area never hesitate to thank Bon Bibi for all she does.

-prepared by Abigail Andrea, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @abby_kono

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Wildlife Poaching Incidents Double Amid COVID Lockdown: Study

Poaching incidents for consumption and local trade have more than doubled during the lockdown period, says study

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Poaching of many animals including 'small mammals', including hares, porcupines pangolins, giant squirrels, civets, monkeys, smaller wild cats is on rise. Pixabay

Poaching incidents for consumption and local trade have more than doubled during the lockdown period, according to a recent study. A report published by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network with WWF India support, indicated that despite consistent efforts of the law enforcement agencies, wild animal populations in India are under “additional threat” during the lockdown period.

The highest increase in poaching was reported to be of ungulates mainly for meat, and the percentage jumped from nearly eight out of 22 per cent pre-lockdown to 44 per cent during the lockdown period. The second group which showed a marked increase was poaching of ‘small mammals’, including hares, porcupines pangolins, giant squirrels, civets, monkeys, smaller wild cats.

Although some have always been in high demand in the international markets, most hunting during the lockdown period is presumably for meat or for local trade. Cases for these rose from 17 per cent to 25 per cent between the pre-and lockdown periods.
Among the big cats, leopard poaching showed an increase during the lockdown period as nine Leopards were reported to have been killed compared to four in the pre-lockdown period.

A total of 222 persons were arrested in poaching related cases by various law enforcement agencies during the lockdown period across the country, significantly higher than the 85 suspects reported as arrested during the pre-lockdown phase, the report stated. Incidences related to wild pet-bird seizures, however, came down significantly from 14 per cent to 7 per cent between the pre-lockdown and lockdown periods, presumably due to a lack of transport and closed markets during the lockdown period.

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Pangolins and other small mammals are poached for their meat widely. Pixabay

Larger birds such as Indian Peafowls and game birds such as Grey Francolins, which are popular for their meat, were reported to be targeted during the lockdown. There was less reporting of poaching and illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles, with almost no seizures of these species during the lockdown period.

Saket Badola, Head of TRAFFIC’s India Office said, “The more than doubling of reported poaching cases, mainly of ungulates and small wild animals for meat is doubtless placing additional burdens on wildlife law enforcement agencies. Therefore, it is imperative that these agencies are supported adequately and in a timely manner so they can control the situation”.

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Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India added, “If poaching of ungulates and small animals remains unchecked it will lead to depletion of prey base for big cats like Tigers and Leopards and a depletion of the ecosystems.” He said that it will lead to higher incidences of human-wildlife conflicts and will undermine the significant successes that India has achieved in the field of wildlife conservation. (IANS)

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Responsible Human Behaviour has Helped Animals: WWF

Images from across the world have presented a very interesting picture of animals being sighted due to responsible.

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More and more animals are sighted outside as humans stay inside. Pixabay

Venice, the beautiful Italian city where nature meets culture, was recently in news, when calm returned to its overtourism-affected waters with aquatic life shining through clear canals.

Closer home, monkeys, buffalos, cows, and dogs have all come to be increasingly sighted on Indian streets, as human life remained under a tight lockdown from March-end. In Udaipur, one could spot fish swimming in the lake after decades.

Images from across the world have presented a very interesting picture – with people indoors, wild animals can be seen roaming the streets, birds sing on balconies, the dolphins have made a comeback in the rivers and the skies are blue and the air is clean, says WWF India on a campaign film ‘Our Planet, Our Home’, that visually illustrates this human-animal contrast.

The short film, that puts together visuals from across the world, is a clever satire on the idea of freedom, and how reduced human activity has led to the animal kingdom spreading its wings to territory it is kept out of.

“Any kind of development and industrial activity will have some impact on nature. What we have seen in the last few weeks, is that when human activity is decreased, and when we start behaving responsibly, we see the difference. Most of us are locked in our homes, not just because someone advised, but because we are also afraid of infection. If this responsible behavior was demonstrated against climate change, against use of plastics, today we’d live in a different space,” Dipankar Ghose, Director of the Wildlife and Habitats, WWF India told IANSlife.

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Nature meets culture as animals are sighted more now say WWF. Pixabay

Adding, Himanshu Pandey, Marketing Communication Director at WWF India says that he cannot imagine life, without wildlife. “When we talk about wildlife, it’s about their habitats, their ecosystem. Without nature, no human activity – whether economic or otherwise – is possible. This contrast of us being locked up in our houses and wildlife moving about freely in urban spaces, this is a reminder of the cruciality of conservation,” he said over phone.

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report, we have lost 60 percent of wildlife populations in the last 44 years, globally. So when we step out of our houses after the lockdown, let’s ensure we protect this biodiversity and build a sustainable world where nature and people coexist. This is a film that aims to inspire individuals, businesses and governments to strengthen positive action to help build a better world for our future generations, he added.

The campaign film, which puts forth a question of coexistence as compared to human-animal competition – “what remains to be seen is whether this will continue once life returns to normal” – has been developed by McCann Bangalore and Native Films.

“In advertising, we believe that all good ideas come from simple observations or insights. This insight came from the site of animals, who were on the streets while humans were caged inside their houses. This was like a role reversal of sorts. This irony was unmistakable in a sense. It was a big lesson for humanity because we truly understood the value of freedom, and not just ours, but that of other species too. It was a timely reminder that this place we call home, is theirs too. This is the film’s message: Coexistence is the key to our survival,” Sambit Mohanty, Creative Head (South), McCann told IANSlife.

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Coexistence, as per Ghose, is more of a perception that something which is practically happening. “Animals are reclaiming, I would say, urban biodiversity has always been there, we started observing them, hearing different sounds, and appreciating them. If you want to hear these koyel sounds, we have to change certain things in our behavior,” he concludes. (IANS)

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Mother India- A Nostalgia I am Very Proud of!

Om and Namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. An NRI doctor- as a tribute to her motherland has written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names).

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Om is a sacred sound and a spiritual symbol in Hinduism. Pixabay

By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

As Indians, we are very blessed to receive the spiritual wisdom of the ancient seers (rishis) of India that shaped our values, customs, traditions and culture for millennia. 

Though I now live in the United States, I had the good fortune to grow up in India. As a result, the positive values included in this article were deeply instilled in me. They’ve made me more mindful, compassionate, and centered. They’ve also contributed to my success as a neurologist, teacher, and professor of medicine at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. With that nostalgia in my mind, as a tribute to my motherland and with great enthusiasm I have written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names). In today’s “modern” world, where the positive values are too often replaced with materialism, intolerance, violence, extremism, and terrorism; these mantras will help you stay calm and centered in face of adversity, and in the “little” moments. We can all find beauty, peace, strength everywhere we look—if we remember to look for it.

I believe ignorance is the root cause of all the problems in the world. Divisions, differences and duality are due to ignorance only and knowledge alone is the solution. I hope you feel that way when you read this article. And, in addition to you enjoying learning more about India, I hope this ashtottaram on our Bhāratamata brings you greater peace, happiness, and harmony.

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“Om shanti shanti shanti” is a chant in Hinduism. Pixabay

                                    ‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram

108 Sanskrit Mantras 

Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word.

Oṃ bhāratabhūmyai namaḥॐ भारतभूम्यै नमः
Om vedabhūmyai namaḥॐ वेदभूम्यै नमः
Om jnānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ज्ञानभूम्यै नमः
Om mokhabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षभूम्यै नमः
Om yogabhūmyai namaḥॐ योगभूम्यै नमः
Om puyabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Om tapobhūmyai namaḥॐ तपोभूम्यै नमः
Om yāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ यागभूम्यै नमः
Om dharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om swakarmānuhtānabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वकर्मानुष्ठानभूम्यै नमः
Om karmabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om dhyānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ध्यानभूम्यै नमः
Om ādhyātmikabhūmyai namaḥॐ आध्यात्मिकभूम्यै नमः
Om ahimsābhūmyai namaḥॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः
Om sanātanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सनातनभूम्यै नमः
Om omkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ ओंकारभूम्यै नमः
Om namaskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ नमस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Om tattvamasibhūmyai namaḥॐ तत्त्वमसितत्त्वभूम्यै नमः
Om ācharyabhūmyai namaḥॐ आचार्यभूम्यै नमः
Om sadāchārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सदाचारभूम्यै नमः
Om gopũjābhūmyai namaḥॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः
Om ṛushibhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋषिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gītāmrutabhūmyai namaḥॐ गीतामृतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sanyāsitvabhūmyai namaḥॐ संन्यासित्वभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ svārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वाराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ suphalabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुफलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gangāpavitrabhūmyainamaḥॐ गङ्गापवित्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampradāyabhūmyai namaḥॐ सम्प्रदायभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ strīgauravabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्त्रीगौरवभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvadevatārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वदेवतार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ puruhārdhabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुरुषार्थभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ punarjanmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुनर्जन्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bodhabhūmyai namaḥॐ बोधभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāruyabhūmyai namaḥॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhakti bhūmyai namaḥॐ भक्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ tyāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्यागभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ krutajnatānugrahabhūmyai namaḥॐ कृतज्ञतानुग्रहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dhanyabhūmyai namaḥॐ धन्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samadrishtibhūmyai namaḥॐ समदृष्टिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ śāntibhūmyai namaḥॐ शान्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āsramadharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ आश्रमधर्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ devabhāshābhūmyai namaḥॐ देवभाषाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āyurvedabhūmyai namaḥॐ आयुर्वेदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samaikyabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ समैक्यभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jātirahitabhūmyai namaḥजातीरहित भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ janmabhūmyai namaḥॐ जन्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ आलयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ hindubhūmyai namaḥॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ priyamvadabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रियम्वदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchasēlabodhitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चशीलबोधितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ paramatasahanabhūmyai namaḥॐ परमतसहनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ brāhmaapujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ himālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ triveisangamabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवेणिसङ्गमभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pāpavināśabhūmyai namaḥॐ पापविनाशभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trivarapatākabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवर्णपताकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dharmachakrabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मचक्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kalmasharahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कल्मषरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahasranāmadevārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहस्रनामदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokhasādhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jīvitārdhabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ जीवितार्थबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prakrutipujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रकृतिपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ advayabrahmabhūmyai namaḥॐ अद्वयब्रह्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampūrṇabhūmyai namaḥॐ संपूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhāgyabhūmyai namaḥॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prapanchakhyātibhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रपञ्चख्यातिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānasopachārapūjitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guruparamparābhūmyai namaḥॐ गुरुपरम्पराभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trikālasandhyānuthiṫabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kshamābhūmyai namaḥॐ क्षमाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāgniho’trabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याग्निहोत्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrudevapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृदेवपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pitrudevārćitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāchāryasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याचार्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ atidhisatkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ अतिथिसत्कारभूम्यै नमः

 

Oṃ pūrnabhūmyai namaḥॐ पूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mahimānvitabhūmyai namaḥॐ महिमान्वितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahajasetusailabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहजसेतुशैलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchabhutārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चभूताराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokṣhakārakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षकारकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guṇasampadbhūmyai namaḥगुणसम्पद्भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāryadakshatābhūmyai namaḥॐ कार्यदक्षताभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sukhavardhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुखवर्धनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sādhusandohabhūmyai namaḥॐ साधुसन्दोहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahrudbhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहृद्भावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ halabhritibhūmyai namaḥहलभृतिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karṣhakapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्षकपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ṛuavimochakabhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋणविमोचकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ yuktyāhārasaṃpannabhūmyai namaḥॐ युक्तत्याहारसम्पन्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ e’kapatnīvratabhūmyai namaḥॐ एकपत्नीव्रतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sakalambrahmārpaabhūmyai namaḥॐ सकलर्ब्रह्मार्पणभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mantrabhūmyainamaḥॐ मन्त्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kartavyabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्तव्यबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ susaṃskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुसंस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ matonmādarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मतोन्मादरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ satchidānandātmabhūmyai namaḥॐ सच्चिदानन्दात्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ īśvaramedhāprasādabhūmyai namaḥॐ ईश्वरमेधाप्रसादभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ parākramaarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पराक्रमणरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ratnabhūmyai namaḥॐ रत्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dākshiyabhūmyai namaḥॐ दाक्षिण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrupitrusamabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृपितृसमभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānavottamajanma prakaṭitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानवोत्तमजन्मप्रकटितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarva

bhūtabhagavatsamānabhūmyai namaḥ

ॐ सर्वभूतभगवत्समानभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvamangaḷabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वमन्गलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvasukhadātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वसुखदातृभूम्यै नमः

 

Iti Vaidyasri Pasupuleti Devakinanda Vithal Rāja Viraċhitam            

‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram.

इतिवैद्यश्री-पसुपुलेटि-देवकिनन्द-विठल-राज-विरचितंश्री-भारतमाताष्टोत्तरम्

Most gods and goddesses have Gāyaṫri mantras. I humbly attempted to compose a few Gāyaṫrī mantras for our Bhāraṫamāta. 

‘SRI BHĀRAṪAMĀTĀ

Gāyaṫrī mantras

1) OṀ Veda Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

            Bodha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāṫ

 

2) OṀ Dharma Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

             Karma Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

             Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

3) OṀ Janma Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Māṫru Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

4) OṀ Yāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Yoga Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

5) OṀ Puṇya Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhanya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

6) OṀ Dhyana Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhānya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

7) OṀ Ṛishi Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Ṫapo Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

8) OṀ Jnāna Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

           Yajna Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

           Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

9) OṀ Gītā Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Mokṣha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Tanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

10) OṀ Tyāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

              Bhāgya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

              Tanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

IṪI VAIDYAŚRĪ PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHIṪAM 

ŚRI BHĀRATA MĀTĀ GĀYAṪRIHI

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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EKAVIMŚAṪI SONG (with 21 names of Bhāraṫamāṫa)

Om hindu mantra
Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. Pixabay

Ekavimśaṫi means 21 (Eka- means One, Vimsati- means Twenty). Our body has 21 ṫaṫṫvams (essence, root, reality). The 3×7 Ṫrayi Sapṫa Samidha Kṛitaha is the offering of 21 sticks of fire wood (samidhās) in a homam. I have composed this song with very simple lyrics so that it’s easy to hum and sing by every Indian from a rickshaw puller to a college professor, house wives and children making it a catchy household song, constantly reminding us of the glory of our mother-land. According to Hindu culture, the earth, Bhoomi, is considered to be our mother. 

1) Veda bhūmi, Bodha bhūmi

     Dharma bhūmi, Karma bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—-Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—- Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

2) Yajna bhumi, Yāga bhūmi

     Yoga bhūmi, Bhāgya bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

3) Puṇya bhūmi, Dhanya bhūmi

    Dhānya bhūmi, Dhyāna bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī —Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

4) Oṁkāra bhūmi, Ṫapo bhūmi

Gopūja bhūmi, Gītāmṛuṫa bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

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5) Sujala bhūmi, Suphala bhūmi

    Susaṁskāra bhūmi, Namaskāra bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

IṪI VAIḊYAŚRI PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHITAM

ŚRI BHĀRAṪA MĀṪA EKAVIMŚAṪIHI’

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD is Michigan based professor of Neourology.